Enola Holmes, the not-as-well-known younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, has followed her suffragest mother in an extreme act of feminism. Tired of the social burdens on herself, she strikes out on her own, lives in a whirlwind of disguises, and solves a mystery of her own about the disappearance of a wealthy young woman that proves her just as much - if not more - of a detective as her famous brother.
A man says that he is worried about his lost sister, that someone could have "plundered her virtue" or that she is now leading a "life of ill repute."
A girl is said to have been scandalously riding her bike with knickers on.
A girl uses something, that normally stuffs the bust, in her mouth to make her face not so sallow.
A girl wonders if a young woman has gone off with a seducer.
A girl wears a corset and bust enhancer to disguise herself.
A girl wears a steel bust to protect herself from a knife attack.
A girl wears "flannel unmentionables."
The poor are said to have reproduced.
A girl wonders if people are "seducers."
A girl is oggled and leered at as she walks through the streets.
A magician performs a trick with a woman described as a "wench in a tight outfit." He pass his hands very near her body as he hypnotizes her.
A woman says, "Men want only one thing."
An impoverished woman is described as "half naked."
A girl wears a "hip regulator" and hides items in her "bust enhancer."
Drunk men save a girl's life but she strikes out at them when they try to lift her veil.
Women are called "the fair sex."
A newspaper reports that women were arrested for pornographic material on childbirth.
The near-strangulation scenes and descriptions of the garotte are truly terrifying, even though both victims live.
A girl reminisces about how her life was spared from being knifed in the chest by wearing a steel corset.
A girl wears a whalebone neck piece to protect against cutthroats.
A girl is attacked by someone with a garotte that is made with a lady's corset string and a walking stick that tears some of her hair out. She narrowly escapes with her life and has a sore neck for a day. She is filled with fear.
Police are said to "bloody heads."
A man thinks the poor should be whipped.
A boot is said to have appeared "strangled in its own laces."
A man sticks a hat pin into a magician's helper to see if she is hypnotized.
A girl wonders if a sorrowful woman has an abusive, drunk husband.
A newspaper reports a murder.
Men are said to walk off docks and drown because of thick fog.
A young woman is thought to have been kidnapped.
A woman has ringworm in her hair.
A man exclaims, "Let them massacre us!" in a political rally.
A young child's left hand is beaten so she will only use her right hand.
A man hits a girl with the back of his fist. It is mentioned later that she is hurt and bruised.
A young woman is strangled around the throat by a young man with a garotte, right in front of a girl (She is not killed, but it's a close call.) The girl jumps the young man and stabs him repeatedly in the arm, the shoulder, and multiple places before he runs away (He is later arrested.) His blood is said to drip on the cobblestones and stain the girl's clothes.
A young man is said to be in a "murderous rage." Two young women are terrified of him.
The air of London is said to make the eyes and nostrils run black, also causing premature death.
A man's feelings are said to be like a "stiletto piercing his heart."
An evil man is called a "sewer rat," "maggot," "vile beetle," and "worm."
A girl exclaims, "Eee gods," "Confound the devil woman," and "Curses!"
Women are called "the fair sex."
People call themselves "fools."
"Bi***" is used by a young man to insult a young woman.
People are said to curse without description.
A woman tells her sons to "rot."
Christian Principles: None
A woman abandons her teenage daughter. She leads an independent, disgraceful lifestyle as a suffragette without responsibilites. Instead of being shown as utterly wrong in doing so to her family, her daughter then mimics her lifestyle. Throughout the whole book, feminism and independence from authority and society is almost worshipped. Enola Holmes will do anything to keep her freedom, even if it hurts others and puts her in danger. She even tries to lead a privileged young woman away from returning to her worried parents.
Darwinism is discussed regarding the poor, but deemed improbable.
A girl rents out the former office of a medium who held seances, but who is recognized to be fake.
Hypnotism through a "magnetic personality," where one waves their hands over the body to convince another to do what you say, is used.
Phrenology, the science of reading the scalp to determine an individual's personality, is discussed.
There is one mention of a "Providential God" and a "rosary," but a political marauder is also called a "messiah."
Much can be said for the characters speaking out about valuing people and helping the poor, but an irreligious girl masquerades as a nun to do so.
A young woman is said to have read Karl Marx and associated with anarchists.